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Two big releases this week:

First up is UMBRAL Book Two: The Dark Path, collecting issues #7-12, in which pretty much everything that can change, does:

Rascal has escaped the city — and the clutches of the terrible Umbral shadow-creatures, disguised as humans! But danger also haunts the dark mist of the Bulaswode, and as betrayal prepares to stab her in the back, Rascal must choose whether to trust her friends… or an Umbral!

And then, for monthly readers, THE FUSE #10 is also on shelves with part four of ‘Gridlock’.

What does terrorism look like on a space station? Klem and Ralph are about to find out — and so are you. You lucky readers.

In which terrorists are raided, ‘facial dazzle’ is employed… and somebody else gets murdered. Of course they do.

UMBRAL Book Two is available from all good comic and book stores with the Diamond code DEC140700, or the ISBN 978-1-63215-204-6.

THE FUSE #10, meanwhile, is available from comic stores with the order code NOV140653, or digitally from Comixology and Image Comics. There’s also a five-page preview of the issue on Tumblr.

 

UMBRAL #12, ‘If It Bleeds’, goes on sale this week.

This is a genuinely climactic issue. Rascal discovers more about herself, and her destiny, than perhaps she’d like; Shayim and Munty are both revealed to have been harbouring secrets the whole time, and their fragile friendship is shattered; while Dalone begins to realise that maybe he isn’t as unknown to this world as he thought…

Oh, and there’s a big fight. And some magic. And even some Umbral-on-Umbral action. Don’t believe me? Check out the six-page preview on Comic Book Resources and see for yourself.

UMBRAL #12 is available from all good comics stores with the order code OCT140771, or you can buy it digitally from Comixology and Image Comics.

 

THE FUSE #9 goes on sale this week, with part three of ‘Gridlock’.

Feels like Klem and Dietrich can’t even interview someone without another two suspects popping up. But what’s this case really about? The billion-dollar future of gridlocking? Sibling rivalry? Everybody’s favorite motive, drugs? Or could it even be… SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY? Boom! Mind blown.

Also features part 3 of the backup thriller TABLOID, by Ian Mayor and Mack Chater.

THE FUSE #9 is available from all good comics stores with the order code NOV140653, or you can get it digitally from Comixology and Image Comics. You can also read a six-page preview at Tumblr.

ALSO: THE FUSE VOL 1 IN A HUMBLE BUNDLE

If you haven’t already seen it, and/or you’re not yet caught up with THE FUSE; Image Comics is offering a Humble Bundle of Volume 1 books, with around 20 (!) titles available as DRM-free digital downloads, and THE FUSE Vol 1: The Russia Shift is one of them.

All Humble Bundles are pay-what-you-want, which makes this bundle amazing value. And the comics charity benefitted, the Hero Initiative, is a great cause. If you’ve been thinking about reading even just one of the books featured in the bundle, now’s your chance.

 

WASTELAND #59 goes on sale this week. (Yes, on Christmas Eve…!)

‘Black Planet’ is the final part of the final story arc. The Big Wet’s secrets have been revealed; but will anyone survive to pass them on? And what does it all mean, anyway? Or, to put it another way:

Rocks fall. Everybody dies.

…Well, maybe not everybody.

This is what we’ve been leading towards, what we’ve been building up to, all these years. It’s pretty cathartic.

But! While this is the final issue of the story arc, it’s not the final issue of the series. Issue #60, ‘Before and After Science‘, will be a double-length epilogue issue that caps everything off with the tale of a young man named Marcus; a scientist locked in a bunker; and a certain talking machine…

WASTELAND #59 is available from comic stores with the order code OCT141576, and digital readers can find it at Comixology. You can also read a seven-page preview at Comic Book Resources.

 

THE FUSE #8 goes on sale this week, continuing the new story arc, ‘Gridlock’.

Turns out the gridlocker’s death was no accident, and Klem for one is shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, to discover this is a murder case. But it won’t stop her going over The Wall, or even down into Smacktown, to find the killer!

This is where the case begins to hot up, as Klem and Ralph chase down suspects and try to figure out what the hell their victim was doing when she was murdered. It’s pretty intense.

We also have part 2 of the backup thriller TABLOID, and all the usual letter column shenanigans.

THE FUSE #8 is available from all good comics stores with the order code OCT140739, or you can get it digitally from Comixology and Image Comics. If you want a sneak peek, there’s a seven-page preview to read on Tumblr.

 

UMBRAL #11, ‘In Nobody We Trust’, goes on sale this week.

Only Rascal can save… Shayim and Munty?! But not before she decides it’s time for a pretty drastic change. And that’s not even mentioning what she sees in the blade, or who follows her into the woods. It’s time to stand and fight!

We’re on the home stretch of Book Two, ‘The Dark Path’, with this issue. In fact, this is the penultimate issue of the story arc, and there are big changes and revelations in store for everyone.

There’s a six-page preview on tumblr to whet your appetite.

UMBRAL #11 is available from all good comics stores with the order code SEP140759, or you can buy it digitally from Comixology and Image Comics.

 

THE FUSE #7 goes on sale this week, beginning Volume 2, and a new case for the Midway City Homicide division — ‘Gridlock’!

22,000 MILES UP, THERE IS (STILL) NO BACKUP.

They call it Gridlocking — maglev-bike races across the Fuse’s vast solar arrays. Fast, dangerous, and very illegal. When a gridlocker turns up dead, Klem and Ralph begin their own race to catch a killer!

PLUS: Bonus backup strip ‘Tabloid’ starts this issue!

That backup strip is a new six-part thriller by young bucks Ian Mayor and Mack Chater, exploring the dangerous life of a Fuse journalist chasing the big stories. ‘Tabloid’ will run throughout Vol 2, alongside ‘Gridlock’.

And the gorgeous variant cover seen here is by the rather awesome Jenny Frison, of REVIVAL and RED SONJA fame. We love it.

THE FUSE #7 is available from all good comics stores with the order code SEP140719 (regular) and SEP140720 (Frison). Or you can get it digitally from Comixology and Image Comics. And before all that, you can read a six-page preview on Tumblr.

 

Issue #10 of UMBRAL, ‘There, in the Gleaming…’ goes on sale this week.

Rascal gets in trouble. So what else is new?

…Well, the Mistwalker finally lives up to its name, Dalone finds something that shouldn’t exist in the darkness, and you won’t believe who’s in the cage. Stick that in your Oculus and smoke it.

This issue continues Book Two, ‘The Dark Path’, as Rascal and Dalone continue getting to know the Wodelings, and Rascal takes a shine to one of them in particular… just as everything starts to go wrong. Suffice to say, nobody comes out of this story arc unchanged.

UMBRAL #10 is available from all good comics stores with the order code AUG140688, or you can buy it digitally from Comixology and Image Comics.

You can also read a six-page preview on tumblr.

 

WASTELAND #58 goes on sale this week.

‘Killed by Death’ is the penultimate issue of our final story arc, as the world teeters on the brink of disaster, and the shadow of the Big Wet looms over humanity:

THE FINAL CONFLICT IS HERE! It’s the mother of all battles, to make it through the Big Wet! Who will survive, and what will be left of them?

(If you’ve been following this final arc, you’ll have noticed that the solicits have become more and more vague over time. If you’re actually reading the arc from month to month… well, I think you’ll understand why.)

WASTELAND #58 is available from comic stores with the order code AUG141587, and digital readers can find it at Comixology. You can read a six-page preview on Tumblr.

 

SHADOW OF MORDOR, the new action-adventure game set in JRR Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, is now on sale, and already garnering rave reviews.

If you’re the sort of person interested in this game, you already know what it is. So what I’ll tell you is that it absolutely lives up to its promise; from the moment I saw an early gameplay sample, I knew this would be a game that would shake things up — and that I wanted to work on.

And I can say how great it is without too much fear of bias, because while I did indeed work on the game, I was just one small part of a large team.

I worked on the ‘Nemesis system’, a major feature whereby enemies all have unique personalities, and the capability to remember their previous encounters with you. Suffice to say, if you get insulted by an Uruk before or after a fight — or even after they kill you! — there’s a good chance I wrote it. It was a lot of fun… and so is SHADOW OF MORDOR. Enjoy.

 

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